Surprising Bill Gates Facts You Don’t Want To Miss

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By now we all know Bill Gates is the richest man in America, and has been for some time. The software developing tycoon is the founder of Microsoft and the main reason we are able to sit at computers at our homes. But what else is there to this extremely rich man?

Fascinating Bill Gates Facts

1 While he has accumulated $81.1 billion, he has said he will only leave each of his children with $10 million.

2 He once purchased a group of Leonardo da Vinci writings called the Codex Leicester for $30.8 million.

3 The company name Microsoft is a blend of the words “micro-computer” and “software”.

4 His charity foundation issued a worldwide challenge to reinvent the toilet to be more effective and not require a water connection.

5 He flew coach all the way up to 1997 when he “splurged” and bought a private jet.

6 Gates was once arrested in 1975 for running a red light and driving without a license. And here is his infamous Mugshot photo from this!

Bill Gates Mugshot Photo

7 Gates went to Harvard and initially considered a career in law, though he eventually dropped out to pursue software development.

8 While he did study Greek and Latin in high school, Gates says that not learning to fluently speak another language is one of his biggest regrets in life.

9 Bill Gates has given $28 billion to charity.

10 Out of a perfect score of 1600, Bill Gates scored a 1590 on his SATs.

Microsoft was originally started in Albuquerque New Mexico (not Seattle), which most people don’t realize!

Bill Gates - First Business Card

Bill Gates – First Business Card

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After leaving college, Gates and his friend Paul Allen took a gamble and called up a company by the name of MITs claiming they were working on a BASIC program to run on their Altair computer, and wondered if the company would be interested in such a product. In truth, they didn’t even have an Altair to program with, and spent the next two months scrambling. They were subsequently hired during their demonstration.

Video: Who is BILL GATES?

Who is Bill Gates? Entrepreneur and businessman Bill Gates and his business partner Paul Allen founded and built the world’s largest software business, Microsoft, through technological innovation, keen business strategy and aggressive business tactics.

In the process, Gates became one of the richest men in the world. In February 2014, Gates announced that he was stepping down as Microsoft’s chairman to focus on charitable work at his foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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